The Long Twentieth Century : Money, Power and the Origins of Our Time Paperback
"The Long Twentieth Century" traces the epochal shifts in the relationship between capital accumulation and state formation over a 700-year period.
Borrowing from Braudel, Arrighi argues that the history of capitalism has unfolded as a succession of "long centuries" - ages during which a hegemonic power deploying a novel combination of economic and political networks secured control over an expanding world-economic space.
The book concludes with an examination of the forces which have shaped and are now poised to undermine America's world power.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, figures
- Publisher: Verso Books
- Publication Date: 01/05/2009
- Category: Economic theory & philosophy
- ISBN: 9781844673049
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Review by enoerew
Excellent description of overlapping systems of capital accumulation stretching back to the Italian city-states of Venice and Genoa. For a novice in economic studies the financial language and concepts can be daunting, but one cannot experience this work without attaining a completely renewed perspective on world history.